August 30, 2013 6:09 pm

Mud – DVD review

Two Mississippi mudlarks happen upon a windswept drifter who is washed ashore and all washed up
Mud DVD cover

Jeff Nichols, 2013

E1

The worlds of teens and adults collide in this enjoyably meandering drama as two Mississippi mudlarks happen upon Matthew McConaughey, a drifter who is washed ashore and all washed up. The boys – romantic dreamer Ellis and down-to-earth Neckbone – are captivated by this windswept stranger but it soon emerges that he has man-sized problems – not least a boat lost up a tree and a heart lost to Reese Witherspoon. With shades of Stand by Me and Huck Finn, writer/director Jeff Nichols gives the story room to breathe; his film feels just as spacious and unhurried as the world it depicts.


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